1,2,3 Soleils

1,2,3 Soleils

by Cheb KhaledCheb Khaled


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On September 26, 1998, in Paris, France, one of the major events of Algerian music took place -- the concert termed 1,2,3 Soleils. Together on the same stage Khaled (the king of rai), Rachid Taha (the musical rebel), and Faudel (rai's young prince) entertained a crowd of over 14,000. It was a coming of age for the music and for the Algerians themselves, too long regarded as second-class citizens. The audience's excitement is palpable right from the start, as the orchestra (arranged throughout by former prog rocker Steve Hillage) launches into the instrumental "Khalliouni Khalliounni" to massive cheers that only become louder as the three principals take the stage to share vocal duties on "Menfi." From there it's a series of duets and solos and two more trios in the middle before they come together for three more tunes at the end, culminating in an explosive version of the classic "Ya Rayah" before closing out with "Comme D'Habitude." Certainly one of the most interesting pairings is "Eray" with Faudel and Khaled together, the youngster holding his own with the master. It's tempting to think of it as handing on the baton, but instead it's really two wonderful vocalists singing as if their lives depended on it -- as is the case when they come together again for Khaled's hit "Aicha." For their solo spots (Khaled, as the biggest name, gets two), each man gives his party piece, "Ida" for Taha and the hit "Tellement N'Brick" for Faudel (Khaled contributes "Wahrane Wahrane" and an R&B take on his breakthrough "N'ssi N'ssi" that turns it into an Marvin Gaye-goes-rai number). Perhaps inevitably, it's Khaled, the best-established and best-loved performer, who casts the longest shadow, and Taha, the iconoclast, who seems most in the background, although he does shine given his moments in the spotlight. It's great music that is expansively performed and the album is a commemoration of a moment that's as much historical as musical.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/13/2000
Label: Barclay
UPC: 0731455979626
catalogNumber: 559796

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cheb Khaled   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Gail Ann Dorsey   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Zachary Alford   Drums
Christophe Briquet   Viola
Karen Brunon   Violin,Leader
Mohsein Chentouf   Background Vocals,Darbouka,Bendir
Simon Clarke   Baritone Saxophone
Guillaume Fontanarosa   Violin
Hossam Ramzy   Percussion
Roddy Lorimer   Trumpet
Geoffrey Richardson   Viola
Tim Sanders   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mark London Sims   Trombone
Randy Jacobs   Guitar
Allen Hoist   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Nabil Khalidi   Banjo,Background Vocals,Oud
Ihab Tutu   Violin
Faudel   Track Performer
Farhat Bouallagui   Violin
Hazem Ibrahim   Violin
Tamer Yassin   Violin
Djaffar Bensetti   Trumpet
Adel Eskander   Violin
Marylene Vinciguerra   Viola
Elsa Benabdallah   Violin
Mohamed Bendjebour   Guitar
Hassan Lachal   Darbouka
Sylvain Le Provost   Double Bass
Jean-Max Mery   Keyboards
Medhat Abdel Samie   Violin
Yasser Taha   Cello
Christophe Morin   Cello
Taha Taha   Cello
Abdel Wahab Mansy   Violin
Khaled Dagher   Cello
Matthieu Chédid   Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Hillage   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Karen Brunon   String Director
Hossam Ramzy   Director,Orchestra Director
Geoffrey Richardson   String Arrangements
Rene Weis   Engineer
Philippe Bordas   Cover Photo
Pete Hoffmann   Engineer
Farhat Bouallagui   Arranger,String Arrangements
Mahmoud Serour   String Arrangements
Madje Malki   Engineer,Sound Design
Romain Humeau   Score Transcription
Alain Leduc   Monitor Engineer
David Gill   String Arrangements,Score Transcription

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1,2,3 Soleils 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I personnally think this is THE music,THE revolution in the rai history,just the best music I ever heard,but I would like to see more video clips of the concert 1,2,3 soleils on the internet,if thats possible??!!